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Wednesday February 27 2008


Tessari a perfect fit for Monroeville  By Don Hohler - Reflector Sportswriter

COLUMBUS — Cam Tessari is the “other wrestler” among Monroeville’s Fab Four. The freshman is the one with three losses. But, don’t let that fool you. He is barb wire just like the Stieber brothers and Chris Phillips.

“I have three losses but they don’t hold it against me,” said Tessari, a 3.44 student.

Tessari lost to David Taylor, 10-4, the nation No. 1 at 112 from St. Paris Graham, to Shawn Boyle from Blair Academy, New Jersey, 3-2 in a controversial call in the end, and to a Pennsylvania wrestler in a tournament that saw beat an opponent he handled earlier in the tournament, only to lose 8-7 in a rematch in the final seconds.

“The Stieber Brothers got me started in wrestling and it has grown from there,” Tessari said as he cooled off from his first match in Columbus late Thursday afternoon.

It was a pin 14 seconds into the second period against Brian Brakeman’s eighth-ranked wrestler and his 36th victory.

“We kind of thought we would be pretty good at it.” Tessari said. “One of my moves in an attempt at getting better was to move up to LaGrange to work with Ron Burnette at his All-American camp.

“I wrestled up there for a couple of years. Then Mr. Stieber (Jeff) invited me to wrestle with his boys, first in his basement. We called ourselves the ‘Ohio Dogs’. It got so big as far as total wrestlers though that we moved the operation over to my house into the garage. It continued to grow so we moved again, this time down the road to a former grain-storage barn on Wikel Road.”

The barn is an every-night stop for those wrestlers who want to work against the best in an effort to become the best.

“You name it and they show up,” Tessari said. “It can be little kids who want to get started or it can be state qualifiers from Michigan, Ohio or wherever. We train hard. We work hard at getting better. My goal is the same as everyone who trains there, get better, get a college scholarship and take what you learned into life.”

Tessari was not certain just how good he really was until he wrestled at Brecksville earlier this season. He faced three state-ranked athletes and beat all three of them in close matches.

“I knew the Stieber boys and the rest of the guys in the barn had me ready to compete but winning was another thing,’’ he said. “I had to prove that to myself.”

Tessari has the same answer as Logan and Hunter Stieber and Chris Phillips when it comes to what makes them nearly bullet-proof in state competition. We train hard, very very hard and we train hard both under coach (Scott) Bauer and then in the barn,’’ he said. “And we do it every night. Seldom do we take a night or a day off. I see us as out-working the field. Nine times out of 10, we will win the close match.

“In my case, a steady diet of Logan and Hunter along with guys like Jamie Clark from Lakewood St. Ed’s tends to get you ready. Logan is the best though. He pushes me to new limits almost every time out."

Can Tessari stay at 112 pounds for another year?

“No way,” he said. “How about 125 or maybe even 130. I really have to watch what I eat now, egg whites in the morning, salad for lunch, stuff like that.

Mark and Carla’s son will take some time off after this weekend. His body probably needs a break.

But for not long though.

“The Disney Duals in Florida are coming up,’’ Tessari said. “We all got some getting ready to do in order to be ready for that bunch.”

(picture : Monroeville freshman Cam Tessari (right) takes on Delphos St. John's Brian Merschman in a Division III 112-pound first-round match.Tessari is one of four Eagles wrestling for a state championship today.)

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